Massey Dialogues: CBC’s Ideas – The Best Ideas You’ll Hear Tonight
The CBC Radio show Ideas, went on the air in October 1965. Fifty-six years later, it is still going strong, having evolved as times have changed. Join in the conversation with Senior Fellow Bernie Lucht who worked on Ideas in a number of roles for forty-one years, including Senior Producer. In this Massey Dialogue, Bernie Lucht will reflect on the show and how it has sustained itself over the years with panelists Naheed Mustafa an award-winning producer, writer and broadcaster and Junior Fellow Alexander Sarra-Davis. Q&A to follow. Moderated by Principal Nathalie Des Rosiers.
Alexander Sarra-DavisAlexander Samuel Book Sarra-Davis is a fifth-year PhD candidate studying literature at the University of Toronto. He has earned degrees from the Universities of British Columbia and Cambridge, is a member of the International Society for the Study of Narrative, and has been a Junior Fellow at Massey College since 2016. Alexander’s research examines the difficult questions of ethical representation in literary fiction.
Bernie LuchtBernie Lucht was a CBC Radio producer for more than forty years. Between 1984 and 2012, he was the executive producer of the CBC Radio Series Ideas and The CBC Massey Lectures series. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at Massey College in the University of Toronto.
Naheed MustafaNaheed Mustafa is an award-winning producer, writer and broadcaster. She began her career as a freelance reporter when she moved to Pakistan, where she worked for both local English language media as well as newspapers back home in Canada. After returning to Canada in the mid-90s, Naheed began working as a writer and researcher for documentary films and for publications in the early days of the internet. In 2000, Naheed added broadcasting to her list of media platforms by becoming a regular documentary contributor at CBC Radio and, later, the BBC and Radio Netherlands. While she works as a generalist, Naheed’s particular area of interest is looking at the social and cultural consequences of political instability. Her work documenting conflict and war in Pakistan and Afghanistan and its impact on civilian populations has appeared in both Canadian and international media. Alongside documentary, Naheed has also worked as a producer for a variety of news and current affairs programs at CBC Radio including Dispatches, As It Happens, The Current and Ideas. Naheed credits her eclectic interests to her itinerant life having growing up between Canada, Sudan, and Pakistan, and, from an early age, being exposed to a variety of cultures and points of view.
Nathalie Des RosiersPrincipal, Massey CollegeNathalie Des Rosiers is the Principal of Massey College. From 2016-2019, she was MPP representing the riding of Ottawa-Vanier. She was Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry from January to June 2018. Prior to politics, she was the Dean of Law, Common Law at the University of Ottawa (2013-2016), General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (2009-2013), Vice-President, Governance , University of Ottawa (2008-2009), Dean of Law, Civil Law (2004-2008) and President of the LAW Commission of Canada (2000-2004). With Peter Oliver and Patrick Macklem, she co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Canadian Constitutional Law (2017). She also wrote with Louise Langevin and Marie-Pier Nadeau, L’indemnisation des victimes de violence sexuelle et conjugale (Prix Walter Owen, 2014). She has received the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, honorary doctorates from Université UCL (Belgium) and the Law Society of Ontario, le Prix Christine Tourigny (Barreau du Québec) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.